SUNDERLAND travel to London for the first time since the cup final at Wembley, when they play Tottenham Hotspur this coming Monday night.
Wembley seems such a long time ago now, as so much has happened since.
Unfortunately, though, all of it has been bad.
Knocked out of the FA Cup by Hull and with just one point taken from four Premier League games, the feelgood factor created by the cup final has gone.
An occasion which should have given the team the lift to kick on in their relegation battle has had the opposite effect, as the players’ form and confidence has plummeted downwards.
The Spurs game will be tough, but they are having problems of their own under Tim Sherwood (pictured) and in their last game, against Liverpool, were lucky just to get away with only a four-goal beating.
Whenever I’ve seen Spurs this season, it seems that whatever type of game you get depends on the mood they are in.
Catch them on one of their good days and they can do serious damage.
But at other times, they look as though they don’t fancy it and they’re uninterested.
This is borne out by the fact they have lost five times at home already this season.
So White Hart Lane has hardly been a fortress.
Spurs brought in a lot of players in the last transfer window but not many of them have paid off and their recruitment policy has not been a success - a bit like Sunderland’s, only with bigger transfer fees.
So Monday night’s game will feature two teams who are not having the best of times and both will feel they desperately need three points, but for different reasons.
Spurs need a win to justify their big spending and push for a European place and Sunderland, because of the predicament they’re in can only be fixed by the three points that victories bring.